Position

Academic Status
Computer Sc, Engineering & Mathematics

Biography

Dr Alan Branford was born at Henley Beach near Adelaide, South Australia, in 1958. He was educated at Prince Alfred College and the University of Adelaide, graduating Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science in Mathematics. Alan was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in Applied Probability in 1983. From 1984, he lectured Mathematics and Statistics at Flinders University in Adelaide, retiring as an Associate Professor in 2016.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (1983), Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

Teaching interests

Summary of Teaching History

  • Extensive experience in curriculum development and development of teaching and learning practices
  • Mathematical Statistics: theoretical and applied probability and statistical science at all tertiary levels including at Honours, Coursework Masters and Doctoral levels
  • Service Teaching in Applied Statistics: designed to provide transferable skills, while being cognisant that the student clientele come from a number of specific client disciplines and are often initially resistant to the study of statistics

Research expertise

  • Applied mathematics
  • Statistics

Research interests

Probability Modelling
Analysis of Survival Data

Supervisory interests

  • Applied statistics
  • Probability and games of chance

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Applied Statistics (2) ;

Completion

Associate supervisor : Applied Mathematics (3) ; Applied Statistics (1) ;

Publications

  • Huong, P.T.T., Nur, D. and Branford, A.J. (2016). An improved two-stage approach for joint modelling of longitudinal and time-to-event data. 2016 Joint NZSA and ORSNZ Conference. Auckland University of Technology. Nov 2016.
  • Nur, D., Huong, P.T.T. and Branford, A.J. (2016). Penalized spline joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data. The 2016 International Conference on Mathematics: Education, Theory & Application (ICMETA) UNS Solo, Indonesia. Dec 2016.
  • Lee, G.N. and Branford, A.J. (2009). Bias in radiologic studies: a review. In RSNA, ed. 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program, Radiological Society of North America. Chicago , USA: Radiological Society of North America. 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, USA. Nov 2009, pp. 1082-1082.
  • Branford, A.J. (2001). Statistics Computing Laboratory. In Chapman, G.M., ed. Computer Based Learning in Science. Ostrava, Czech Republic: Pedagogical Faculty of University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Fifth International Conference on Computer Based Learning in Science. Brno, Czech Republic. Jul 2001.
  • Pham, H.T.T., Nur, D. and Branford, A.J. (2017). Penalized spline joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data. COMMUNICATIONS IN STATISTICS-THEORY AND METHODS,
    [10.1080/03610926.2016.1235195]
  • Van Ruth, P.D., Qin, J. and Branford, A. (2012). Size dependent competition in centric diatoms as a function of nitrogen and silicon availability. Open Journal of Marine Science, 2(1) pp. 33-42.
    [10.4236/ojms.2012.21005]
  • Kuhn, J., Warren, A., Maletta, D. and Branford, A.J. (2011). Local grade inflation and local proportion of withdrawals. Research in Higher Education Journal, 14 pp. 66-98.
    [Web Link]
  • Codd, J.R., Sanderson, K.J. and Branford, A.J. (2003). Roosting activity budget of the southern bent-wing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii) Australian Journal of Zoology, 51(3) pp. 307-316.
    [10.1071/ZO01079] [Scopus]
  • Branford, A.J. (2001). Statistics Computing Laboratory. In Chapman, G.M., ed. Computer Based Learning in Science. Ostrava, Czech Republic: Pedagogical Faculty of University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Fifth International Conference on Computer Based Learning in Science. Brno, Czech Republic. Jul 2001.
  • Pham, H.T.T., Nur, D. and Branford, A.J. (2017). Penalized spline joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data. COMMUNICATIONS IN STATISTICS-THEORY AND METHODS,
    [10.1080/03610926.2016.1235195]
  • Van Ruth, P.D., Qin, J. and Branford, A. (2012). Size dependent competition in centric diatoms as a function of nitrogen and silicon availability. Open Journal of Marine Science, 2(1) pp. 33-42.
    [10.4236/ojms.2012.21005]
  • Kuhn, J., Warren, A., Maletta, D. and Branford, A.J. (2011). Local grade inflation and local proportion of withdrawals. Research in Higher Education Journal, 14 pp. 66-98.
    [Web Link]
  • Codd, J.R., Sanderson, K.J. and Branford, A.J. (2003). Roosting activity budget of the southern bent-wing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii) Australian Journal of Zoology, 51(3) pp. 307-316.
    [10.1071/ZO01079] [Scopus]
  • Huong, P.T.T., Nur, D. and Branford, A.J. (2016). An improved two-stage approach for joint modelling of longitudinal and time-to-event data. 2016 Joint NZSA and ORSNZ Conference. Auckland University of Technology. Nov 2016.
  • Nur, D., Huong, P.T.T. and Branford, A.J. (2016). Penalized spline joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data. The 2016 International Conference on Mathematics: Education, Theory & Application (ICMETA) UNS Solo, Indonesia. Dec 2016.
  • Lee, G.N. and Branford, A.J. (2009). Bias in radiologic studies: a review. In RSNA, ed. 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting Program, Radiological Society of North America. Chicago , USA: Radiological Society of North America. 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, USA. Nov 2009, pp. 1082-1082.

Professional and community engagement

Statistical Society of Australia Inc

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Gambling
  • Statistics

Interests

  • Classification Theory (the assigning of objects of unknown classification to one of a known set of groupings, cluster analysis: the detection of clusters within groups of objects)
  • Analysis of Survival Data (the inference of the effects of explanatory variables on survival time)
  • Probability and Games of Chance (the philosophy of probability, models of systems subject to chance, analysis of games of chance)

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